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    WSF Hardcore Poster fiskman6666's Avatar
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    are rockling edible

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    Hi each and all,has anybody ever tried to cook and eat some of the larger rockling that are caught.I have no doubt the french and spanish do ,but then they eat anything.If anybody has tried one it would be interesting to know what it was like and how it was cooked.
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    I have indeed. Didin't have my scales with me but the beast was around 1.5lb. Straight out the water, gutted and head removed. Wrapped in foil and thrown on the hot coals made for great eating. It has a firm, white flesh with a subtly robust fish flavour. Watch out for the bones though. They're only short but very thick and almost needle like.

    Interestingly, even after you've made sure it's dead (ie headless) they twitch and writhe for quite a long time, similar to dogfish.

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    yep good eating, like ling, but more refined.

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    eeeewwww each to their own lol

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    never seen rockling on the table here.
    but i should imagine it is fine to eat.
    there is not much that is inedible,only peoples fixed ideas stop them trying different things.

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    true, true.

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    I've tried it - nice firm white flesh.
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    I think Rockling are part of the Cod family, so I suppose on that basis, should be good eating.

    I've often thought about trying them, but something just puts me off...maybe its the slimey texture or something - I think it must be a common psychological (UK) angling phenomenon though! I don't think many people eat them do they?

    I've got it - they sort of remind me of toads - rubbery and slimey!

    Maybe this year I will try one though just to put the assumption to the test...

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    I've heard that rockling make very very good eating, but I haven't had any that I'd consider in size to try and the last time we were out and my brother got a deep hooked one he took it home to eat and said it was extremely nice.

    I'm still waiting to get some decent sized ones.
    If you really really love fish so much, I'd suggest you stop sticking hooks in them and get yourself an aquarium

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    anything is edible except weavers, if they are nice to eat is another matter. i have heard on a previous thread that thjey are like cod but firmer flesh and not quitte so bland as cod. thats not for me though, i dont eat fish.

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